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Guimarães Travel Guide: 163 reviews and 539 photos

Guimarães is European Capital of Culture in 2012; so, for now, as I write this, the city is pampering itself and getting even more beautiful and ready for the upcoming events.

The city is under major refurbishments and traffic is chaotic. No places to park your car, temporary road signs, different directions, a lot of scaffolding, noise and dust.

But don't let be put down by this: Guimarães has a lot to offer and is so charming. It is the birthplace of Portugal, there's a feel of history in every corner, it's classified by Unesco as World Heritage Site, it's well-kept, food is delicious, people are welcoming, but weather may sometimes be extreme: very hot or very cold, depends on when you visit.

Guimarães is situated on the northwest of Portugal, in the District of Braga; this region is named Minho. It is situated about 55km from Porto (Portugal’s second main city, usually referred to as the Capital of the North) and about 365km from Lisbon. Also, from Braga the capital city of this District it is just a short trip of about 20km.

  • Last visit to Guimarães: Aug 2011
  • Intro Updated Sep 7, 2011
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Guimarães looks like a very pretty town, and sitting on a bench on one of those smaller, more quiet squares in Old Town sonds to be nice!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Micas, great updates and newly written tips about one of my favourite Portuguese cities. I can't beleive that this time you only went there to buy some Fly London shoes, a brand I haven't even heard of. *winkygrin*

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    The architecture here is wonderful, especially Praca Toural. YOur have done a very good job of presenting this fine town with good pictures and comments.

  • mfas2000's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    I like your page... I have portugal on my next trip list. when is the best time to visit Portugal??

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    This looks like a very pleasant and interesting place. I never knew that this was "the cradle of Portugal" and the country's first capital.

  • arlequin_g's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    Hi. Great page. I'll be visiting this lovely place next week. Thanks for the tips.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2005 at 8:39 AM

    Alex, I don't know how I missed this page for so long! Great tips and photos of Guimaraes! I would love to be strolling those streets or enjoying a quiet sit down under the trees in the Square!

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2005 at 2:46 PM

    Great pics and tips about the birthplace of Portugal . Guimaraes is very beautiful, it is a town that i know very well.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2005 at 4:04 AM

    That's a very nice page Alex, you live in a great beautiful country :-D

  • Badger23's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2004 at 12:07 PM

    Awesome detail in your pages! Keep up the good work.


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